On Thursday 28th February St Edward’s hosted the gruelling final race of the Cheltenham Primary Cross-Country League. Our gallant team of 15 Year 4s to Year 6s braved the wind, showers and slippery conditions to charge around a hilly 2km course in fields of around 100 runners. Our U10 girls began the day very strongly with all three runners finishing inside the top 26. This was especially remarkable as two of them were Y4s running up an age group. One of these: Verity Lilley (Deacon) came a superb 8th place to qualify to run for Cheltenham at the County Cup two days later. Our U10 boys followed suit and while Arthur Clarkson (Oaksey) rested his sore ankle for the Saturday race (his two 1st and one 2nd place finishes earlier in the season had already guaranteed him the Cheltenham boys’ title) everyone again ran well.
The U11 girls were depleted slightly due to the IAPS netball but Sophie & Louise both dug deep for top 30 finishes. The day ended with an excellent run from Lucas Preece (Oaksey) in the U11 boys’ race who came home 6th, which meant three DCPS runners qualified for the District team.
Soon afterwards the terrific trio were running at the County Championships wearing the sought after red Cheltenham vests. Lucas finished an excellent 19th helping his team to defend their title. Verity (running a year up) came back from an early fall to surge through the field and finish 13th also narrowly qualifying for the Nationals. Arthur topped off the day, executing a well-planned race to storm to victory in the U10 boys’ race and be crowned County Champion, also qualifying for the Nationals on the 23rd March. He was thrilled to win as he has now matched the achievement of his two older siblings in a remarkable hat-trick for the Clarkson family!